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China's September 11 trap for the US

By Tom DeWeese
web posted January 14, 2002

The events of September 11 had a side effect that has gone largely unreported. Red China and Pakistan have been so closely allied for many years that China watchers believe that, had China not signed off on Pakistan's cooperation with the US, there would not have been any cooperation.

Prior to September 11, China had sold more than 30 of its 180-mile range M-11 ballistic missiles to Pakistan, along with the means to build solid-fuel 450-mile-range Shaheen-1 and 1,200-mile-range Shaheen II missiles. Also in that part of the world China has sold Iran nuclear fuel reprocessing components and cruise missiles that could carry a small nuclear device. In both cases, this advanced weaponry poses an extreme threat throughout the entire Middle East.

Red China, however, saw an opportunity to "support" the US war on terrorism in order to open the floodgates of further internal suppression of groups seeking greater freedom. For internal consumption, though, Red China portrayed the US as having received a blow it deemed well deserved.

Red China stepped up its suppression of the Falun Gong, a spiritual movement in China. There have been 295 confirmed deaths of Falun Gong members at the hands of Red Chinese police. It recently arrested a Hong Kong businessman for importing bibles into China, calling Christianity "an evil cult." The bibles were intended for use by an underground Christian group in Red China's Fujiann Province. On December 30th, a Red Chinese Court handed death sentences to two leaders of an underground South China Church. Reportedly, sixteen Christian organizations have been identified as evil cults.

The Red Chinese have shut down 17,500 Internet cafes throughout the nation and another 28,000 are being monitored by its vast secret police. This nation, like the former Soviet Union, fears any access to information from the world outside its closed society.

The Bush administration came into power making no secret of its opposition to China's record on human rights, its threats to Taiwan, and its provision of missiles and nuclear arms technology to nations in the Middle East. It skillfully handled the downing of one of our intelligence gathering planes, but after September 11, in order to secure a coalition that would permit the US to wage its war on terrorism, the administration has backed off its strong rhetoric and policies.

Red China's intent is to take on this nation in its quest to dominate the Far East and Pacific Basin. While battling Islamic militants in the Philippines and in Indonesia, both nations are struggling to ward off being so weakened they could not defend against an invasion by Red China. New Zealand, having abandoned support for its airforce and navy is ripe for such adventurism.

Gao Zhan, an American University scholar, released from a Red Chinese prison last year, has warned, "The Chinese are only in the anti-terrorism war to serve their own interests (and) to divert the attention of international society on its continued human rights abuse." He reminded Americans that "Over the past 50 years, 30 million to 50 million people were persecuted for having different political views. China has been in the terror business for over five decades."

Is the US wavering now? In October, the Bush administration let it be known that it was considering a waiver on sanctions imposed after the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square. Those sanctions bar the sale of military-related equipment to Red Chinese security forces, but the Red Chinese are known to have been spending seventeen percent of their GNP on defense and many analysts believe this figure may be much higher. There are even fears that the US may accede to its "One China" policy, abandoning Taiwan to Red China's takeover.

The former ambassador to Red China, James R. Lilley, warned against any softening of our opposition to its ambitions in April. "We prefer to see our security relationships as maintaining stability, the status quo. The Chinese believe they have a manifest destiny to fulfill-and a need for a protective shield to buffer their most vital and productive area on the coast of China from Canton in the south to Dalian in the north." He warned against Red Chinese adventurism.

As this new century begins, the United States must surely seek to reduce the threat of a militant Islam and, with considerable irony, that is also a goal of the Red Chinese for the Muslims within its borders. It extends its definition of terrorism, however, to include Christians and Buddhists as well as anyone who dares to question its repressive system.

We cannot afford, therefore, to turn our attention away from the long-term threat Red China represents. It must be contained and it must be ended just as we ended the threat of the former Soviet Union.

Tom DeWeese is the publisher/editor of The DeWeese Report and president of the American Policy Center in Warrenton, Virginia. The Center maintains an Internet site at www.americanpolicy.org.

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